How to become Erasmus?
And it is that after telling my experience in which I finally arrived at my home after many days of traveling, I want to expose in a more or less summarized way, the different steps that I had to go through to become an Erasmus scholarship There are not many, but if you skip one, they will not give you the option to go next year to another country to study, so it never hurts to know the what to do, when to do it and of course where.
1º- Find out the date of registration (and logically register in time)
The first of all is to attend to the date given by your home University on the Erasmus scholarship. There will be a not very long term to be able to enroll in the different language tests (if your University has, as there are some that do not, yes, the vast majority have them), which will give according to the result of these tests plus the sum of your notes in the File; the final result for which all those who sign up will be classified.
It is clear that if you do not sign up and your name appears as a candidate, all other steps will not make any sense, so it is essential that you do not miss the date in question and stay tuned from time to time on your University website.
There is an exception for which it is not necessary to register so soon for the language exams, and that is when you have a diploma that accredits a specific level. In this way, if you prefer not to try the language tests, then you will have to wait until all this period elapses without more and when they give the results of the tests, attach your diploma and your relevant registration in the corresponding office of your home University.
Date on which this inscription appears for language tests?
Well, before Christmas, around November.
What happens if I don't go to the tests later?
Absolutely nothing, there will be no negative consequences on the matter,
Although the truth is that putting an excuse on time, is not bad either.
2nd- Do the different language tests.
Once we have enrolled in the spoken language test, the next step will be to wait for these tests to be held. Normally they will be around January-February and will be about four different languages: English, French, German and Italian, since they are the main one's languages that we will use in the different Erasmus destinations.
The thing is that as a general rule, the Universities let you do the four tests but at the time of the results, only two will be taken into account: the one spoken in the destination country that we choose later (if it is one of the four languages that I mentioned above), and secondly the one with the highest result.
I also remember that the marks offered in the language access exams will be with respect to the supposed level that we would have in an official language test, that is from A1 to C2 (well also the non-level), and each of them will be counted for 0, 5 points of the total result, that is, that A1 would be 0, 5 and C2, the highest possible score, would be 3 points.
As up to two languages are counted, then the maximum grade given to students for the language tests will be 6 points, while the grade of the file is up to 4, so the maximum total result will be up to 10 points. Already here you can see that if your University is one of those that take into account the language tests, this will be the decisive factor to differentiate the students, because the file will not make too many differences, since having an Average of 4 (honors) is almost impossible.
For example: imagine that I want to go to Italy and I have sent all possible cities to Italy. I take the four languages exam and get the following results:
- German: A1
- French: A2
- English: B2
- Italian: A1
Well, in this case the two best grades, French and English, would not be taken; but choose the language of the destination country, Italian, A1, and the best grade of the remaining, English with B2, giving a total of 0, 5 + 2 (Italian + English) = 2, 5 points of languages.
To say that the exams are test type, of quite a few questions (around 50 questions), and that if you get less than a predetermined percentage, you will not have any grade in that language. It doesn't penalize you to do all four tests, so even if you have no idea of German or Italian, try just in case luck accompanies you.
As a general rule, the tests will be done either on the same day or two days in a row, since it does not take too long and it is for everyone the same exam.
If someone thinks of copying that he tries, but it doesn't make much sense, then there are too many questions of phrases asked, that no matter how much you look for them you may not even find the meaning. There comes a time in the exam in which the difficulty becomes too high, and that getting a C1 in any of the languages is difficult even for someone native. Even so, you have to try and not leave any blank, except that in your University they do not subtract those that you do not guess, in which case it is better to risk but in due amount (total.... yes In languages such as German we have no idea, what else does it take to have 7 points out of 50 that - 13 for failing too many).
You are asked for the DNI of course and there are quite a few teachers per class, although there is always the list of shifts that with their latest generation mobile tries to get a piece of the exam searching google or dictionaries for words or expressions they don't know; and others that supplant identity by having the typical friend who knows Italian or any other language. Again say be careful with this type of action, because the sanctions are clear and they will not let you try to present yourself to any other mobility grant in your entire university career, so if you get caught, say Goodbye when you leave Erasmus that year or any other. In addition you will open file and if you break another rule of the University, the normal would be the consequent expulsion.
Also, say that both the information boards of the University and its website will include the corresponding lists by the last name in which it will be said d where each student should go to take their exam. By mail, it is true that they usually warn also and it goes without saying that all the registration is already done mostly on the Internet, so the procedures and any questions can be answered efficiently and quickly through the appropriate portal for it.
It never hurts, that we make a "screenshot" once the registration form for the language tests is finished, which logically must bear our name, surname, ID, email, telephone, etc. With this "screenshot" ("imp pant" key on the keyboard, up there on the right), we will have a test in the case for any strange reason, we do not appear on the entry lists (which happens often always with someone). If you want to print, then better than better.
As I said, in this second step we will do the language tests, and after that all ready for the next one, we will only have to wait for what the different results hold of the mentioned tests.
To be continued...
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